Qualcomm adds fastest ever 64-bit mobile chip

Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS.

The new Snapdragon 810 is the company's highest performing mobile chip for smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm said in a statement.

Mobile devices with the 64-bit chip will ship in the fi rst half of next year, and be faster and more power-e cient. Snapdragon chips are used in handsets with Android and Windows Phone operating systems, which are not available in 64-bit form yet.

The Snapdragon 810 is loaded with the latest communication and graphics technologies from Qualcomm. The graphics processor can render 4K (3840x2160) video at 30fps, and 1080p video at 120fps. The chip also has an integrated modem that supports LTE and its successor, LTE-Advanced, which is emerging.

The 810 also is among the first mobile chips to support the latest low-power LPDDR4 memory, which will allow programs to run faster while consuming less power.

This will be beneficial, especially for tablets, as 64-bit chips allow mobile devices to have more than 4GB of RAM, which is the limit on current 32-bit chips.

The quad-core chip has a mix of high-power ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores for demanding tasks and low-power A53 CPU cores for mundane tasks such as taking calls, messaging and MP3 playback. The multiple cores ensure more power-e fficient use of the chip, which helps extend battery life of devices.

The company also introduced a Snapdragon 808 six-core 64-bit chip. The chips will be among the fi rst made using the latest 20nm manufacturing process, which is an advance from the 28nm process used to make Snapdragon chips today.

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